tough, tough issues to be resolved. they both acknowledged there are important differences that remain between them. but they both committed to wanting to have a partnership, their nations living side by side in peace. >> and south sudan is going to continue to need u.s. support as they build on today's independence celebration and try and turn today's festivities into lasting hope for their people, fredricka. >> so, nima, once the celebrations are over, i'm sure that takes a long time, but perhaps, you know, it is time for people to start thinking about what the first priority is going to be. what are they saying that will be? >> reporter: well priority for them, now that they're no longer part of the unified sudan, under economic sanctions, is to get much needed investment in. there is a massive development program, usaid putting a lot of money in, i've been told, but they also need foreign investors to come in.